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Clarence A. Pierce




     Clarence A. Pierce, one of the well known and successful insurance men of Manchester, was born on a farm in Delhi township, January 21, 1858, a son of Montraville Pierce, who was a native of Mount Holly, Vermont. He left that town and for one year resided in the state of New York and for two or three years lived in Kane county, Illinois, near Aurora. After his marriage, which occurred in that county, he came to this county and took up his abode in Delhi township on a farm located on the boundary line that separates Delhi from Oneida township. After residing there for about five years he removed to Oneida township, where he made his home for thirty years. Finally he took up his abode in Manchester, where he lived retired until his death, which occurred April 27, 1903. He was married in Kane county, Illinois, to Miss Barbara Garfield, who died in September, 1893. She was a native of Mount Holly, Vermont, and a descendant of the Garfield family, her great grandfather and the great great grandfather of James A. Garfield being brothers. Seven children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Montraville Pierce, those besides the subject of this review being: Hattie, deceased; Lillie Z., a resident of Los Angeles; Edna, the wife of W. D. Mclntosh, of Manchester, Iowa; Robert and Jennie, deceased; and Juliette, who is a high school teacher in Los Angeles, California.
      Clarence A. Pierce completed a public school course and later spent one term as a student in Lenox College at Hopkinton. After leaving school he engaged in farming in Oneida township and also taught school for three years during the winter months. In 1892 he was elected secretary of the Farmers Mutual Fire Insurance Association, a Delaware county corporation, and held that office for eight years, during which time the business of the company was trebled. In 1900 he came to Manchester and engaged in the insurance business, in which he has since continued, meeting with deserved success. He is a director of the Iowa Assessment Mutual Insurance Association at Dewitt, Iowa, in connection with his Manchester business, and for five years he was secretary and manager of the Delaware Cooperative Creamery Company, during which time the concern met with a substantial measure of prosperity.
     Mr. Pierce was married September 16, 1888, to Miss Meda L. Millen, who was born at Greeley, Iowa, a daughter of Henry and Sarah (Drybread) Millen, both of whom are deceased, Mr. Millen surviving his wife several years and passing away in Earlville in August, 1913, in his ninety first year. Six children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Pierce, namely: Angie and Alice, twins, the former of whom is a high school teacher and the latter the wife of Cecil L. Adams, of Ocheyedan, Iowa; Barbara, a high school teacher; Henry, a senior in the high school; Helen, also a high school student; and Norman, attending school.
    Mr. Pierce is a republican in his political belief, and served as a justice of the peace and was school director for twelve years, doing much in that time to secure the best interests of the public schools. Mr. Pierce holds membership with the Modern Brotherhood of America. He is a man who in every relation of life has been true to the trust reposed in him, has ever met his obligations and discharged his duties. His record is a creditable one, winning for him high regard and placing him among the substantial and valued residents of his city.


~ source: History of Delaware County, Iowa and its People, Illustrated, Volume II. The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1914, Chicago. Page 484-485.  Call Number 977.7385 H2m; LDS microfilm #934937.

~transcribed and contributed by Constance Diamond for Delaware County IAGenWeb


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